It takes 100 years to create one inch of topsoil.

Topsoil is the top most layer of soil that plants are grown in. It can be easily lost in a heavy rain or storm, so we try to preserve this precious soil any chance we can. In order to preserve the soil we implement the following conservation practices: strip-till, no-till, cover crop, waterway management, and specific application management of nitrogen and fertilizer.

Here are some Soil Management Techniques we use at Gould Farms.

Guidance Lines

Lines where the seed is planted to create rows of crops. On most of our farms we have been using the same line since 2004. These lines are repeatable and we can get within an inch of where we planted last time. This helps us to create a controlled traffic pattern across our fields which limits how much ground is affected by the equipment driving across it.


Nitrogen Application

We utilize a system that provides precision placement and row to row accuracy. Error from row to row is less than 3%. This means we are comfortable trying to cut nitrogen rates because we don’t need to over apply to make up for errors in application.

Variable Rate Technology – Planting

We have been working with VRT’ing our planting rates for 7 years. This is to try and maximize the yield potential for each part of the field (a zone). And also to try and be as efficient as we can be with our inputs.



This is a sensor system in conjunction with a nitrogen monitor program to round out our nitrogen program. Our sensor system looks at the corn plants as the sidedress bar is going through the field and adjusting the rate of nitrogen in real time based on the plant health. The goal is to apply just the right amount of nitrogen at the right time.

Average BPA (bushels per acre) from about 1950 to present using our specialized practices allows us to maximize yield on every acre planted. There is no guessing on our farm about how much is yielded, we know the exact number. This is all thanks to precision agriculture practices.
We employ precision agriculture on all aspects of our farm. EACH AND EVERY pass is recorded and stored so we can analyze different operations years later.



Advantages of Conservation

Soil and water conservation always has advantages when it comes to being good stewards of the land. These are the advantages that Gould Farms gains while practicing conservation on their land.

  • Soil conservation
  • BEST planting conditions
  • Nutrient run-off management
  • Soil conservation
  • Nutrient runoff management
  • Soil conservation
  • Cost savings
  • Basic need to maintain senseless erosion
  • Water quality – cost savings only use what is needed – not excessive
  • Feed the plant when needed
  • Less fertilizer needed or used

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